Talking while driving might be best defense against texting while driving

If data suggests that driving while talking on the phone could deter drivers from doing other more dangerous secondary activities, aside from driving, should we rethink the negative reinforcement campaign around texting-and-driving? Should policymakers instead of just saying NO give drivers a more safe alternative – talking. Is this the start to a Say No to Text campaign?

Automakers say hit owners with bigger sticks to improve recall repair rates

Yesterday I attended a workshop hosted by the government to address the issue of repairing vehicles with safety recalls. While a workshop on how to prevent defects would have have been a nice precursory to this one, I assume at this point the government-industry view is: the milk has been spilled and is fully spoiled, so how do we clean it up? I left with one real takeaway – consumers are the issue and need to be hit with bigger penalties for not complying with vehicle safety recalls.

Government wants to know if modern gear selectors distract drivers

The gear selector in today’s car ain’t your grandma’s gear selector! Regulators are kicking off a research project to determine how drivers react in normal and emergency situations when confronted with six different styles of gear selector, to include many new electronically-controlled transmissions

5 Ways to Improve Recall Completion Rates

Vehicles continue to be recalled at a rate higher and faster than ever before. There are millions of cars already on the road today with open safety recalls. In this post we offer five ways both private and government groups could help improve the rate at which safety recalls are repaired and potentially save more lives.

Celebrate the Year of the Recall with a bunch of graphs

  Normally, I would provide some type of analysis on the topic at hand, but for this post I’m just going to post a bunch of graphs. I haven’t been able to ascertain a story from the data I’ve been fuddling with, so rather than throwing the Excel files in the...